Sugar 'n Spice  

rm_New2FLCouple 40M/41F
20 posts
1/27/2006 5:46 pm

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7/30/2006 9:48 am

Sugar 'n Spice

This was an entry I had written on a blog in another time and place. It is still speaks too loudly not to be shared...

So I went to North Carolina for a few days for work. I was able to spend two days with some really amazing people that have dedicated at least 2 years of their life to give kids a chance at having success in their own.

Hanging out with a group of 9 teenage girls and their counselors was what I expected it to be...and more. I laughed with them and cried a little - I also got many hugs and compliments...the irony being that these girls have rarely gotten hugs or compliments in their lives until they became a part of our organization. But this shows me so much that what I'm doing in my helping someone.
I was beginning to hit a wall with not truly being able to picture a child's face in my mind when talking about this job to my candidates. I can now. In fact I will take all nine of those faces with me into every interview that I conduct from here on out. Not only that but I carry with me their laughter and the pain that they also shared with me. It was cold out there and I was hungry at times - but when I took one look at each of their faces I knew that I was not the one who mattered. Even though now I sit here..exhausted and is worth it to me.

North Carolina is beautiful and they may not realize it or see it now but my hope is that one day they will remember their time at camp and share that with their own children while driving through the gorgeous rolling hills and countryside of the High Country of Western NC...or wherever their lives and endeavors take them.

I drove away from camp early on Friday morning whispering a goodbye to those boys and girls and their chiefs. In a way I was taking them with me as the sun peeked over the mountains and they remained sleeping sweetly in their beds.

It is my hope to have touched them as much as they have touched me... but I somehow doubt it possible.

rm_dikido4u 30M
1 post
1/28/2006 4:14 am

thats pretty cool that you help people for a job.

AltumHunksUnite 53M

1/28/2006 6:58 am

Wonderful story.

Welcome to Blogville too.

Let me drive. I like the view

Tone_33756 55M

1/28/2006 9:28 am

In this line of work, your touch lasts forever but sometimes wont be seen or felt for decades. But it's real. Stick around, you'll see....

Welcome to the World of Blog

rm_New2FLCouple 40M/41F

1/28/2006 10:57 am

Thanks Cleavis and Tone

dikido4u - I do help them as much as I can.. I miss working direct care, though.

Thanks for stopping by!

btbones2 45M

2/2/2006 3:42 pm

Now Lou this story sounds alot different than the first version I heard of what the counselors can expect! You had me envisioning evil kids that need a woopin!

rm_New2FLCouple 40M/41F

2/7/2006 6:48 pm

BT - you men and your selective memories.. I tell ya!

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